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Daryl D. Johnson

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Daryl D. Johnson

Aug. 18, 1938 - June 16, 2014

Daryl D. Johnson, age 75, of Raymond, died Monday, June 16, at his home in Raymond following an extended illness.

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Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Raymond. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Daryl Dean Johnson was born August 18, 1938, in Willmar, Minnesota, the youngest child of Harold and Mabel (Armstrong) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Raymond, was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Raymond, and graduated from Raymond High School in 1956. While in high school, Daryl was active with sports and many school clubs. Following high school, he continued to work on the family farm. On February 4, 1961, he married Eunice Plowman at Bethany Reformed Church and they made their home in Raymond. Daryl later worked as a blacksmith and welder for Boelter Implement in Raymond before becoming a partner in Roelofs and Johnson Construction.

Daryl was a member of Bethany Reformed Church, where he served as an usher, deacon and elder. He participated in several mission trips to rebuild homes following floods in Minnesota and Iowa as well as from hurricanes in Mississippi and Texas. He also helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Very active in the Raymond community, he was a founding member of the Raymond Ambulance, served as an EMT and was a 20 year member of the Raymond Fire Department. He volunteered to help build the Raymond Community Center, worked with the Cub Scout troop, taught snowmobile safety classes and was a member of the Raymond Civic and Commerce Club.

Daryl was long sought after as a fast-pitch softball pitcher and played on many areas teams. An avid fisherman, he loved teaching his children and grandchildren how to fish while spending time together at the lake cabin. His family has enjoyed his beautiful cabinetry and furniture he made for them. He loved his children and grandchildren, and especially enjoyed watching their sporting events and activities. Never forgetting his farm roots, he enjoyed maintaining his vegetable and flower gardens.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eunice, three children, JoLynn Johnson (JH Peterson) of St. Michael, Thomas (Danette) Johnson of Plymouth, and Janelle Zein of Minneapolis, four grandchildren, Matthew Johnson, Katie Johnson, Tijani Zein, and Sammy Zein, three sisters, Allene (Ken) Hookom of Chanhassen, Vonnie (Ken) Swart of Renville and Val Jaenisch of Pennock, many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Allen Johnson and a sister, Arlys Molenaar. He will always be remembered for his loyalty, integrity and strong work ethic.

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